Creator / Tiffany Grant

Tiffany Lynn Grant (born October 11, 1968) is an American voice actress and ADR Script who is known for her English dubbing work with ADV Films on such anime films and television series as Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which she voiced the character Asuka Langley Soryu. Grant is also known for portraying Altena in Noir and Ryoko Subaru in Martian Successor Nadesico. Although appearing in ADV titles, she is an independent contractor, not an ADV employee. A native Houstonian, Grant began her career as a voice actress in 1994.

Grant, along with a handful of other ADV contractors, also works with Fort Worth-based anime distributor Funimation Entertainment on series such as Fullmetal Alchemist. Grant enjoyed her role as Neon Genesis Evangelion's Asuka so much that she briefly reprised the character in the radio plays and fan-produced anime derived from the fanfiction series Neon Genesis Evangelion R. She has also reprised her role yet again in the Rebuild of Evangelion films. She has also cosplayed as Asuka (in Asuka's familiar red EVA-02 plugsuit and her school uniform) at anime conventions. Also, her bedroom is completely covered in Asuka merchandise. In recent years she has become friends with Yuko Miyamura, the Japanese voice of Asuka.

It has been thought the main reason Grant got the role as Juli Mizrahi in Xenosaga: The Animation was because many fans mistook her voice for that of Juli in the Original Game.

It should also be noted that Tiffany is quite fluent in the German language, hence the better implementation of Asuka's German dialogue in the English dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

She married ADV's co-founder Matt Greenfield in 2003 and they divorced in 2017.

Notable Roles of Tiffany Grant:

Tiffany Grant and her works provide examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: She has extensive knowledge in fluency in German, which transfers into her German character roles like Asuka, Christine Freidrich, and Laura Bodewig that either requires her to speak in a German accent or speak in German phrases.
  • The Cast Showoff: Being fluent in German, Grant takes many opportunities in the original dub of Evangelion to pepper Asuka's speech with German phrases, and in one episode, carries an entire phone conversation in German.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her fluency in German have many of her roles to have a deeper voice. Although there exceptions where she uses a higher-pitched voice than normal. Case in point, Kudryavka Noumi in the Little Busters! dub has her speak in a much higher-pitched voice and she's given a Russian accent. note 
  • Dawson Casting: She first voiced Asuka at age 26, and continues voicing her in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies into her 40s, to the point that Asuka's voice sounds slightly less youthful than in the original show. Downplayed in Evangelion 3.33, where Asuka is 28 but still has the body of a 14-year-old.
  • Gratuitous German: She sprinkles a bit of German in her work involving such characters as Laura Bodewig, Asuka Langley Sohryu and Satella Harvenheit.
  • Large Ham: She pulls off over-the-top histrionics quite well, which is perfect for her more emotional roles such as Asuka.
  • One of Us: Given that Asuka is one of her favorite roles, Grant has also cosplayed as Asuka (in Asuka's familiar red EVA-02 plugsuit and her school uniform, though without her signature red hairnote ) at anime conventions, and has an extensive collection of merchandise related to Asuka. Grant is also a fan of Hello Kitty.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor:
    • Most of the characters she voices tend to be badasses or Cool Big Sis. Bonus points that some of them tend to be a bit hotheaded.
    • Need someone to voice a German girl or woman in a Houston or Dallas based dub, hire this woman!
  • Playing Against Type: While Grant isn't a stranger to voicing cute girls in the past, Little Busters! have her voice Kudryavka Noumi, the resident Token Mini-Moe, where she not only attempts a Russian accent with the said character, but also making her sound cute at the same time with a higher-pitch voice. She also voices Altena in Noir.
  • Star-Making Role: Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Throw It In!: When adapting scripts for an anime's dub adaptation, Grant would include German dialogue for some characters like Asuka and Laura, given her fluency in the German language.
  • Tsundere: Played quite a few of these in her works.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: Grant is known for her wide range of voices.